great thank you all for the advice, very very useful!
The knee I went for a 1.45min run on sunday and didnt have any problems! I stretched for much longer like you suggest and although it twinged once or twice I was never in pain. I also changed route so the path was more level. Pace wise i average 6.4mph. I took it slow but still felt like I had plenty in the tank - I ran 7.2mph for the last 10 mins. So the advice of start slow end strong seems to be the best best to hit my under 2 hour target!
Ok great thanks guys all good advice. So would you say just aim for 9min miles or should I just jog at a pace that feels comfortable what ever that maybe?
Water that's good to hear as I don't really want to carry a bottle or gels.
How about this knee injury any ideas? I jogged to work and back today 5.5 miles each way and on the way back 10min I'm left knee was hurting and it got pretty bad. Just below then knee cap and to the left (outside) of leg. Hurts now going up and down stairs. Also to seems to be less painful when I run faster and on level ground. The path I run on is sloping slightly so not sure that helps.
Im totally new to running, in fact I used to hate it with a passion being a cyclist instead. So I decide to do a half marathon to see what it was all about, well in 3 weeks I will be. Ive been training for a few months and really enjoying it but need some advice.
Im looking to run it in under 2 hours but Ive no idea if I can acheive this and how to pace myself. Currently Ive run 13.1 miles as part of my traning last week and did it in 2 hour 7 mins. The first hour I ran at 6.7 mph but then the last hour my knees were really painful and my speed dropped. I can run 45mins at 7mph. Any advice/thought on if under 2 hours is achicveable on race day and how to go about doing it - both training wise in these last few weeks and how to pace myself race day eg. run fast 1st then slow or what? Also should I buy a joggging watch? At the mo I carry my cycling gps with me....
Lastly on race day itself how should I hydrate and energise myself....Should I carry a bottle or will drinks be provided and how much water/gels should I consume?
Sorry if these are standard boring begineers questions! Any help appriacted.